CIRM was originally founded in Spain in 1928 by 8 companies engaged in the application of radio to the maritime service.
It was reconstituted in Belgium in 1947 and subsequently moved to London.
It is now the principal international association for companies engaged in maritime electronics, with current membership of some 75 companies from 21 nations worldwide
To promote the application of electronic technology to the safety of life and efficient conduct of vessels at sea;To foster relations between all organisations concerned with electronic aids to marine navigation, communications and information systems.
• To represent the interests of the marine electronics industry, internationally;
• To co-ordinate the views and actions of members in resolving regulatory issues and in the promotion of marine electronics;
• To provide technical and industrial advice to the international regulatory organisations;
• To provide a specialist information service for members;
• To provide a private forum for members to exchange information and business opportunity; To enable members to participate in the development of international regulations and standards affecting their products and services.
CIRM is one of the nine original international bodies accredited in 1949 as a non-governmental organisation in consultative status to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
CIRM is a Sector Member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R and ITU-T), and is a Liaison Member both of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). CIRM also enjoys mutual observer status with all the other relevant international and regional organisations, including the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the US Radiotechnical Commission for Maritime (RTCM) .
CIRM is not involved with defence systems or equipment relating exclusively to warships.